Eagle eyed viewers watching the ‘Next Time’ trailer would have spotted a familiar face. Jemma Redgrave is back as Kate Stewart.
Jemma Redgrave first appeared in Doctor Who during the Chris Chibnall penned episode ‘The Power of Three‘. During the episode it was revealed that Kate was in fact a Lethbridge-Stewart. Seems only appropriate to have a Lethbridge-Stewart in UNIT. Since then the character has returned in ‘Death in Heaven‘, The Magician’s Apprentice‘ and ‘The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion‘. Most notably of course Jemma Redgrave was prominent throughout the 50th Anniversary Special ‘The Day of the Doctor‘. Redgrave and her UNIT co-worker Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) have also reprised their television roles for audio adventures. Big Finish have launched a successful UNIT series with a recent release titled UNIT: Nemesis.
Redgrave has of course appeared in a wide variety of other television shows. Credits include Grantchester, Silent Witness and Waking the Dead. Perhaps one of her most recognisable roles was as Bernie Wolfe in Holby City, appearing in over 50 episodes. Others may recognise her from the title role in medical drama Bramwell set in the late 19th Centrury. Other appearances include single episodes of Midsomer Murders, My Family and Inspector George Gently. On the big screen Jemma Redgrave was also part of the cast for BAFTA winning and Academy Award nominated film Howard’s End. On stage, Redgrave has also performed in productions including Chatsky at the Almeida Theatre, Mood Music at the Old Vic and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Albery Theatre alongside Dawn French.
Tonight Jemma Redgrave returns to Doctor Who. Can she and UNIT hold back the Flux and save the Earth?